Charlize Theron, an incredible actor, is able to transform herself into some pretty despicable characters, as in her Oscar award winning “Monster.” In “Young Adult” Theron plays Mavis Gary, a raunchy, pathetic, self-absorbed, aimless, alcoholic ghostwriter of a young adult series. Unable to concentrate and write the final book, Mavis decides to go back to her small hometown to reunite with her ex-boyfriend, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). It makes no difference to her that he is happily married, a new father, and content in Mercury, Minnesota.
So she leaves Minneapolis with her little dog in hopes of recapturing the spark in her life and convince Buddy that they were meant to be together. On her first night back in Mercury, she encounters a disabled Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), who had a high school crush on her. Mavis stays focused as possible and devises many encounters with Buddy, taking his kindness as interest. She is soooo pathetically lost in the past that you almost feel sorry for her, until you realized that Mavis is never going to “get it” and grow up. Her bland parents, when she finally gets around to seeing them, refuse to acknowledge that she has a drinking problem and continue to display an old wedding photo of Mavis and her long gone ex-husband.
Although I admire Theron’s magnificent performance, I just cannot recommend this depressing movie. When leaving the Santiko Bijou theater, I told Danny I felt like seeing something else right away to cleanse my brain.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.